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Veterinary Forum November 2007 (Vol 24, No 11)

Dear Friends of the Veterinary & Emergency Critical Care Foundation…

    We can't express to you enough the sincere gratitude we have for the generous donations and recent labor of love you performed at the animal shelter in St. Bernard Parish. It will warm your heart to know that the treatment room was christened with its first surgery at the end of October.

    An older couple from the Parish asked us to euthanize their 9-year-old female Chihuahua mix named Nipper because a large grapefruit-sized tumor had grown on her underside Nipper could barely walk and was suffering. The owners were completely distraught at the pro­spect of losing their companion. Tina [a staff member] took the couple aside and asked their permission to seek medical attention. Although Tina couldn't make any pro­mises, she felt she had to do something to help this family who loved their dog so dearly.

    Within a matter of days, Tina secured a local veterinarian who traveled to the shelter and selflessly volunteered to perform the surgery (pro bono) with Tina assisting. The surgery was a complete success, the grapefruit sized tumor was removed and a biopsy was performed. Joyfully, test results concluded that the tumor was benign. Nipper is now recovering at home, embraced by the love of her family, and is expected to make a full recovery.

    On behalf of the animals we serve, thank you for your support and compassion so that we can help animals like Nipper have a second chance at life.

    Fondly,

    The Friends of the Animal Shelter

    St. Bernard Parish

    New Orleans, La.

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